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Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.


Puzzle ID:#48953
Fun:** (1.5)
Difficulty:** (1.12)
Submitted By:clevergurl*
Corrected By:Gizzer




Paul has something on the tip of his nose, but he's not sure what it is. He can't take it off because he doesn't have arms. He can't ask his parents because they are blind and deaf. There is no one near his house for twenty miles. He lives on a farm. He doesn't own a car because he rarely needs to go into town to get anything, so he can't ask anyone. What should he do?

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Oct 31, 2011

Fun teaser
Jan 25, 2012

I got it in the first time!
Feb 07, 2012

I'm not sure I understand this. Can someone explain please?
Feb 17, 2012

Dear Marple,
Imagine there is a boy named Paul. There is something stuck to the tip of his nose, so he can't see it. He wants to know what it is. He would take it off his nose with his hands so that he can look at it but he doesn't have any hands. He would go and ask his parents what it was, but they can't here his because they are deaf. He also can't use sign language to ask them because they are also blind. He would ask someone else what is on his nose, but there is no one around for miles because they live in the middle of no where ona farm. Imagine the nearest town
Feb 17, 2012

is a mile away. He can't drive into town because he doesn't have a car (he doesn't have a car because everything you would ordinary have to buy at a grocery store could have been supplied at the farm). Under all these circumstances what should he do? Go look in a mirror of coarse! If you were under all these circumstances, you would still be able to look in a mirror and see the tip of your nose (and see the thing that is on the tip of your nose).
Hope that helped!
Thanks for reading!
Feb 28, 2012

Oh I see! I feel so silly now! Thank you for explaining!
Apr 23, 2012

No problem Marple
May 17, 2012

I thought the point was to get the thing off his nose.
And poor Paul
Jun 02, 2012

What should he do... about what? It doesn't ask whether he is trying to see it, take it off, find out what it is or anything else for that matter.
Jun 03, 2012

Hey! It's obvious he wants to get the thing off. I think you are being too pedantic! This is an excellent teaser.
Feb 03, 2013

If he only wants to see it, he could look in a mirror. If he wants to get it off, he could just rub it off against something- a couch or a wall. I liked the idea but it was kinda morbid. I mean the kid has no arms, and his parents are both blind and deaf? Still, good teaser.

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